Kansas City to take part in National Night Out: America's Night Out Against Crime

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Over the last few years, communities in the metro area have forged stronger relationships with police, creating safer neighborhoods for families.

Kansas City, Kan., is at a 30-year low in violent crime and police and neighborhood watch credit their partnerships for the dip in crime.

In Overland Park, police say neighbors in the Timberland Creek area stepped up to make a difference.

In 2010, the neighborhood watch group worked to get $40,000 from the city to build Kessler Park. With more ears and eyes on the street, police say crime decreased in the area.

In the latest statistics from the Overland Park Police Department, police reports in Timberland Creek decreased by 22 percent from 2010 to 2011. In Grantioch, police reports decreased by 57 percent and in Elmhurst by 10 percent during the same time period.

Tuesday night, police departments across the U.S. hope to forge better community partnerships and give residents the power to take back their community.

There will be different block parties though out the Kansas City metro area where the community will have an opportunity to meet local law enforcement. The block party at Kessler Park in Overland Park will start at 6:30 p.m.

Along with National Night Out, Kansas City, Kan., police say their next step is to continue the downward trend in crime is to take their anti-crime message to area high schools.

More than 37 million people will take park in National Night Out: America's Night Out Against Crime.

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